Sunday, 4 October 2009

Saturday and Sunday 4th & 5th October 2009 - The Railcar Association Convention

Dear all
An omnibus report for the two days that saw a most successful Railcar Association Convention weekend using various combinations of our fleet on the Ravenstor and Idridgehay services. The highlight being a six car formation on last night's fish & chip special to Idridgehay. The were visitors from most of the heritage railways that operate dmus and their comments were quite heart-warming.  Everything ran like clockwork thanks to the preplanning by Mike Evans and the delivery by all the drivers, guards and third men involved - they should all take a bow.
Both day also welcomed a Day with a Driver and their guests who enjoyed the general air of activity and were also able to sample a driving turn on Hydra.
Today was enhanced by 54 lorries arriving at the end of the annual Derbyshire Limestone run with us as a new final destination. They were a magnificent sight and brought their own large following. Miltech, the garage across the road from the station approach very kindly came to our assistance with much needed additional parking and the whole event worked very well.
The weekend saw record takings in the Buffet Car with the highest ever being recorded today. A great debt is owed to Helen, Wendy and Anton for working extremely hard to reach these new heights.
The Booking Hall also achieved great things with Garth emptying the wallets on both days with much effect. The EVRA shop also traded and the Youth Offending Team contented themselves with a little light container painting.
Once more, many thanks to all who made the weekend so successful.
PS - John, Julie and Andrew Ball decided to leave us last Friday to devote more time to their primary interest in St John Ambulance. I would like to record my grateful thanks for all their endeavours over the past few years and wish them well for the future.